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Gavin Herbert Eye Institute Optical Shop

Whether you need a routine vision test or more specialized care, the UCI Gavin Herbert Eye Institute Optical Shop is here for you and all of your eye care needs.

General Eye Exam Appointments

  • For general eye exams, please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment. This allows time for you to complete your paperwork and pretesting procedures.
  • Your general eye exam will include refraction to complete a prescription for eyeglasses, and dilation to complete your ocular health check. Please bring all of your current glasses.
  • A regular eye exam takes about 30 minutes.

Contact Lens Exam Appointments

  • For contact lens appointments, please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment. Be sure to wear your contact lenses to the exam and bring in the parameters of your contact lenses, which can be found on the boxes they come in or an old contact lens prescription.
  • If you are new to contact lenses, we have a specialist to teach you how to handle (insert and remove) as well as, clean and care for them. 
  • If you are a new contact lens patient, your appointment will last approximately one hour.

The friendly and caring staff at the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute Optical Shop is experienced in diagnosing and treating conditions affecting the eye and vision. When vision problems are a symptom of a more serious eye condition, we have some of the world’s best ophthalmologists on site at the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, with access to the latest diagnostic testing instruments.

Frames and lenses

  • Prices for optical frames start as low as $85. Ask our optical experts about current in-house promotions or multiple pair discounts.
  • We carry a wide selection of frames at a range of prices to fit your budget.
  • Our office has a full-service state-of-the-art lens finishing lab for expedited delivery.
  • Minor adjustments and repairs are free.

We accept the following vision insurances

  • VSP Advantage  
  • VSP Choice
  • VSP Signature
  • Aetna Vision Network
  • Aetna Vision Network II
  • Blue View Vision- Kroger
  • Blue View Vision, Anthem Vision Access
  • Blue View Vision, Uniview Vision Insight (student’s vision plan through UCSHIP)
  • Blue View Vision, Uniview Vision Select

Our Promise

Your satisfaction is our top priority. Please let us know what we can do to meet your needs. Our warranty program includes:

  • 30-day lens design non-adapt exchange
  • 60-day prescription change
  • 1-year frame warranty against manufacturer defect

Please talk to our optical staff for more information on the warranties we offer.


The Gavin Herbert Eye Institute Optical Shop offers a full range of eye and vision care services to address all of your needs.

  • Contact lens fitting (soft or hard)
  • Co-management of ocular conditions with ophthalmologist
  • Eyeglass fitting
  • Eyeglass prescriptions
  • Post-op care for cataract surgery
  • Pre-op care for cataract surgery
  • Referrals for low vision care


The eye and vision care experts at the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute Optical Shop treat a wide range of conditions affecting the eyes, including:

  • Cataracts
  • Diabetic eye problems
  • Dry eye
  • Eye allergies
  • General and acute eye infections and inflammation


We have a broad selection of eyewear to close from and we carry all major brands, including:

  • Chemistrie Complete / Sunclips
  • Chesterfield (XL Fit)
  • De Stijl
  • Disney Kids Collection
  • Fendi
  • Guess
  • Hello Kitty
  • Kate Spade
  • Maui Jim
  • Prada
  • Raen
  • Ray Ban
  • Silhouette
  • Versace

UCI Health Gavin Herbert Eye Institute optometrists are experienced in vision testing and fitting patients with eyeglasses and contacts. They are also able to diagnose and treat conditions affecting the eyes, and can quickly refer more complicated cases to our team of highly-trained ophthalmologists.

Our staff of board-certified opticians include: Patrisha Elbeck, ABO, Christy Nguyen, ABO, NCLEC; Sayeh Taghiphour, ABO, NCLEC; Peter Conde, ABO. They are able to advise you on various types of lenses, and assist you to select and fit frames and contact lenses.

If you have underlying conditions that affect your vision, the UCI Health Gavin Herbert Eye Institute has board-certified ophthalmologists on site, able to treat eye problems ranging from mild myopia to rare ocular and retinal disorders.